Helping children reach their potential
Poor nutrition causes 45% of deaths in children under five2 - amounting to about 3 million young lives lost each year2 worldwide. But its effects run even deeper.
Chronic malnutrition early in life leads to stunting (being short for one’s age), which is irreversible and affects not only the body but the brain. Globally, some 155 million children2 suffer from this condition. It affects their ability to learn and perform at school; their earning potential and work opportunities into adulthood; and it makes them more vulnerable to various non-communicable diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
As the leading science-based supplier of vitamins, carotenoids and nutritional lipids, DSM is addressing this problem by fortifying and supplementing the diets of people in most affected areas, like Africa, Asia and Latin America.
We offer a broad portfolio of nutritional solutions to address the specific nutritional requirements of a variety of the world’s most at-risk populations. One of these solutions are micronutrient powders. These powders are designed for infants and children over 6 months of age. They can be mixed directly into any ready-to-eat semi-solid food, to boost the micronutrient content of the diet. They come in sachets of 1 to 9 grams in weight (depending on how many children you are feeding with one sachet) and they are addressing a broad range of physical and cognitive development needs that have far-reaching consequences.
Take Malawi in East Africa. According to the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition3, some 60% of its adults (4.5 million people) suffered from stunting as children. Around two thirds of these people earn their living from manual labor, but are unable to fulfill their economic and earning potential because of this physical affliction - representing an estimated US$67 million loss to the economy3.